La Gloria Cubana Artesanos De Tabaqueros Cigar Review
This 6×50 stick offers dual wrappers and the band at the foot end marking the transition between the first and 2nd third with connecticut and sumatran wrappers. It has a mottled rustic apperance, with a couple large veins, several smaller and a smooth firm feel. The aroma is a slight barnyard with a smooth tobacco. First light reveals a big pepper blast with deep earth smooth aged tobacco flavors. It’s a medium-full body with a perfect draw and thick smoke with a long peppery finish. The first third brings a mild black pepper zing with smooth creamy oily smoke and smooth tobacco flavors. The ash hold on to the wrapper slit point, falling off in a big solid chunk. When the sumatra wrapper takes over you get a nice buttery leather, dropping the pepper completely and the finish get shorter and cleaner. The last two thirds continue the leather adding a touch of licorice sweetness, the smoke gets thicker and richer leaving a buttery oily mouthfeel. Thank you very much to General Cigar Company for generously sending this in for review, I greatly appreciate it!
Corona Cigar Company Gold Series Gorda Uncut Sungrown Cigar Review
This 7×52 shaggy foot stick offers a dark brown wrapper with a bit of oil, a satin finish and a very aromatic wrapper of sandalwood. The first two thirds were very mild with a light, airy smoke and flavors of light earth and a touch of cream. For a short time around the 1/2 way point a dry aged tobacco flavor joined in and faded by the end of the 2nd third. The last third woke up a bit giving a solid medium body with much richer flavor, twice the smoke output and showing a very smooth creamy light leather and a long earth finish. Draw was prefect and the burn was as well, all the way down, holding the ash about 3/4″. Total burn time was 1:25. Thank you very much to the Corona Cigar Company for sending this for review!
This 5×50 stick offers a medium tan wrapper with firm construction and a triple cap, with a very pleasant sweet aroma. Flavors were fairly consistant for the first two thirds, showing a smooth, rich smooth leather with a mild spice and pepper kick on the finish. Hints of a woody taste remained after the main flavors quickly trailed off. The last third brought a much smoother creamy taste and texture with a mild core of almond and a simpler finish without the pepper. Total burn time to the nub was 45 min. Overall body was mild-medium with a firm draw. Burn was very good all the way down with the ash holding in thirds cleanly and producing rich thick smoke. Thank you very much to Holts for sending this for review! Photography by BG Pictures.
This 6×52 stick offered a very smooth satin medium chocolate wrapper with a nice aroma of dusty cocoa. Draw started out very firm but gradually went down to a very nice amount of resistance as the stick burned. Total burn time to the nub was 1:30, holding the ash between 3/4″ and 1 1/2″ with an almost razor sharp line. Flavors in the first two thirds were very consistent, giving a light creamy leather flavor with a long finish. Pepper and spice built up on the finish giving a zing on the tongue and a heat on the lips. The last third showed the leather to fade out replaced by a smooth tobacco, and the pepper going way down to just barely there. The spice was completely gone by the band point. Thank you very much to Ashton for donating this for review!
This 5.75×50 stick offered a tan, textured but firm wrapper, with a nice tobacco aroma. Total burn time was 1:45 just past the band point, and it was almost razor sharp all the way down. The ash was light grey and white, holding on 1 1/2″ at a time. The draw was VERY loose but produced huge amounts of rich smoke with no effort at all. It was very surprising to get that much smoke and flavor for so long with such a free draw! The flavors were very consistent, dominated by a smooth creamy cocoa, medium-full in body. The first two thirds offered a nice pepper and spice zing on the finish, giving way to just a long creamy finish at the end. Thank you very much to Berger & Argenti for donating this sample for review! Photography by BG Pictures.
This 7.25×38 stick packed a whollup of spice through the first two thirds, that only calmed down at the end. I have had buffalo wings with less heat than this put off on my lips and tongue at the start! Besides the hot finish it offered a myriad of flavor combinations, changing up every 10 draws or so. Total smoke time to the band was 1:30 with a perfect firm draw and straight burn. Flavors included tobacco, leather, bread, barnyard and nuts – all very smooth and creamy with rich voluminous clouds of smoke. Thank you very much to Pinar Del Rio Cigars for generously donating this stick for review, it’s greatly appreciated!
This 5.2×54 box pressed stick offered a medium body experience with mild woody flavors. Always buttery and creamy smooth, it offered a big pepper and spice kick on the finish during the first two thirds. The pepper calmed down from the band point back, offering just a clean short finish with a little tickle on the tongue. This stick needed to be drawn every 30 seconds or it liked to go out on you. The ash was very loose and flaky, dropping off in bits all the way down pretty much every time you touched it, never getting past 1/2 inch long. Thank you very much to Tinderbox.com for generously donating this stick, I appreciate it very much!